Taryn Nixon, MOLA Chief Executive speech at the House of Lords

A great turnout for archaeology

MOLA team

We are delighted to have launched our Research and Community Programme in the prestigious surroundings of the House of Lords. The evening reception, on 25 September 2015, was enjoyed by many influential leaders in the property world and beyond. The event was very kindly hosted by Lord Redesdale and sponsored by Keltbray.

During the evening, Taryn Nixon, Chief Executive, spoke of our ambitious plans, beginning with the Archaeology Traineeship, Time Truck and flagship community archaeology projects: CITiZAN and the Thames Discovery Programme.

Explore the event in the photos below and watch this short film, showcasing a handful of the initiatives being delivered as part of our Research and Community Programme.

It is our mission to champion archaeology as a powerful contributor to society. We’ve seen first-hand how it can enthuse, educate and give places a unique identity. The Research and Community Programme reaches above and beyond the work we carry out for clients through the planning framework, to create truly sustainable development.

Taking archaeology into the very heart of communities, the Research and Community Programme supports wider education, engagement and research projects. It works through participation and collaboration and involves a wide range of partners, from community groups and volunteers to university researchers.

To help us to deliver our vision and mission we invited guests at the event to join us as Ambassadors and to promote the role that archaeology plays in transforming lives and making better places.

John Price Group MD from Keltbray, who very generously sponsored the evening and is a Corporate Ambassador, said: “Like MOLA, we help people connect with their heritage and understand the past. We also work with partners to provide work and training opportunities to more than 350 unemployed people a year. So for us, this partnership with MOLA has great synergies with our corporate social responsibility strategy. We also hope to build on this with potential volunteering opportunities for our people and to help to raise awareness of MOLA’s projects through our support.”

Guests enjoyed networking and fine wines kindly donated by founding Patron, Duncan Spence of Rickety Bridge Vineyard. The evening included a Silent Auction with a fabulous assortment of prizes from Gateway Properties UK, Halcyon Holidays, The Broad Gallery, Angela Brady, Joanna Bird Gallery and from our very own archaeological specialists.

We would like to wholeheartedly thank our kind host Lord Redesdale, our generous lead sponsor, Keltbray and our auction donors for their incredible support!

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